Delmar "Joe" Cruce

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Delmar "Joe" Cruce, 64, of Cape Girardeau, died at 5:05 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 at Fountainbleau Lodge in Cape Girardeau.

He was born on June 14, 1946 in Cape Girardeau to Edward and Mary (Mungle) Cruce. He married Betty Renner on April 22, 1977.

He was known as the "demolition man" as he tore down many buildings in the Cape Girardeau area.

Delmar is survived by his wife; one brother, Raymond Cruce of Michigan; two sisters, Evelyn Ricketts of Reynolds, Mo., Dean Hadley of Cape Girardeau; one half-sister, Nina Edwards of Cape Girardeau; six nephews and one niece.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at Crain Funeral Home, 829 N. West End Blvd., Cape Girardeau.

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m., Monday at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, Mo., with the Rev. Chris Clifton officiating.

Contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association or Heart Association.

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